Ittiʿāẓ al-ḥunafāʾ bi-akhbār al-aʾimma al-khulafāʾ by the great Mamlūk-era Sunnī historian Taqī al-Dīn al-Maqrīzī (d. 845/1442) is perhaps the most important single primary source for the history of the Fatimids. Although the Fatimids had long ceased to exist by the time of al-Maqrīzī, he nonetheless endeavoured to investigate this Shīʿī dynasty and its reign with care and sympathy, while avoiding sectarian partisanship and seeking accuracy in historical documentation. The Ittiʿāẓ is unique amongst al-Maqrīzī’s writings in the sense that it was devoted exclusively to Fatimid historiography.

This important text is presented here in a four-volume Arabic critical edition by the distinguished Egyptian scholar Ayman Fuʾād Sayyid. This publication represents a major achievement in the scholarship on the history of the Fatimids and Egypt under the Fatimid dynasty (358/969–567/1171).